Which ISOs To Download?

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    Which ISOs To Download?

    Hi,

    I need a little help. I'm extremely new to linux, considering I don't have it yet. I've searched everywhere, and while I've found information to lean me towards the right direction, I'd feel more comfortable with a definite answer.

    I'm going to download the Debian ISOs with jigdo.

    http://people.debian.org/~atterer/wo.../3.0_r2/jigdo/

    From this site, should I choose the i386 or ia64? I have a Pentium 4 Processor. Could you also explain to me why I need the i386 or the ia64?
    Also, when I download the jigdo files, do I also need to download Packages.tar.gz from the above link, or will that be in one of the ISOs? Also what is the MD5SUM and MD5SUM-UPDATE files? Do I need to download them also, or just the jigdo files?

    Thanks so much for the help,
    Rouss

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    P4 - i386 (32bit intel 386 compatible cpu); ia64 is probably 64bit so download i386.
    Don't have a clue about the packages so I leave that to someone more knowledgeable than my humble self. MD5Sum gives you the capability of checking the integrity of your iso images before you burn/use them - if they don't match then they are no good.

    If using windows to download and test files and you prefer a GUI interface then md5summer may be of interest to you. If your prefer command line usage, again with windows, then the command line 'md5sum' utility comes as part of msys(2742kb for msys) although if you search with google you'll probably be able to find a version of the utility itself.

    If you're using linux then, presumably, man md5sum should tell you everything you need to know.

    In either command-line case then 'md5sum name_of_iso' will generate an md5sum based on name_of_iso which you can match manually with the given one. Alternatively you can pass in the md5sum text file as a parameter and the md5sum utility will check it for you.

    JustLinux seem to be pretty good if you're new to linux or unsure about distributions etc. and i'm pretty certain that a search of their boards will turn up several thorough 'how-to' posts if you need them.
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    Thanks for the reply. That was the answer I was leaning towards, but I didn't want to make a decision and be wrong.
    Thanks again.

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    if you haven't had any experience with linux yet, I'd first go for knoppix, a live, bootable CD that mostly configures itself... no installations necessary... just put in the CD, start the computer, and you're booted onto a *nix system with a KDE environment...

    http://www.knopper.net/knoppix-mirrors/index-en.html
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    mandrake is also very user friendly

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    Thanks for the replies.
    I'll definitely check out knoppix. And I'll look into mandrake too.

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    Also, if you'd like, you can check out PCLinuxOS which is a customized Mandrake install that boots and runs from a cd, like Knoppix.

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    I'm currently running Knoppix right now from a CD. It's pretty impressive.
    I'm planning on duel booting my computer with XP and Linux this summer... I'm away at school and I didn't bring the XP disks with me, and I just found out that XP home doesn't auto-install back-up or I would do it now.

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    Thanks for all the help guys.
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